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Bomb attacks kill 5, injure dozens in Syria's Qamishli

A series of bomb attacks have struck towns and villages in northern Syria in the past year, including in the SDF region.

Tayyip Erdogan says US not fulfilling Syria deal ahead of Trump talks

A month ago, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive with Syrian rebels against Kurdish YPG fighters and after seizing control of a 120 km (75 miles) swathe of territory reached a deal with the United States to keep them out of that area.


Russia dominated Syria’s war. Now it’s sending mercenaries to Libya

After four years of behind-the-scenes financial and tactical support for a would-be Libyan strongman, Russia is now pushing far more directly to shape the outcome of Libya’s messy civil war.

Syria talks: Possible path toward peace, or another dead end

Syria's government and opposition have delicately sat down for their first face-to-face talks, amid hopes of millions of Syrians that they could be a step toward ending the country's devastating 8-and-a-half-year war.

The killing al-Baghdadi does not reduce the threat from the Islamic State

Soon enough, the ISIS core will anoint a new Caliph, to whom all the wilayas (branches) and extremists and supporters will readily offer allegiance (bayat) to, while paying rich tribute to the “fallen hero”.

Iran, Russia lash out at US plans to protect oil in Syria

Lavrov joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Geneva to lend support to UN-backed talks among Syrian government, opposition and civil society delegations on the country's constitution starting Wednesday.


Making the Shift

Talk picks out a few favourite international films at the recently-concluded 21st JIO MAMI Film Festival 2019.

'Exercise utmost caution': Govt advisory for Indians travelling to Turkey

With several people reaching out to the government with queries on the situation, the Minister of External Affairs has put out helpline numbers of the Indian Mission in Ankara and Istanbul for travelers requiring assistance.

Russia, Turkey reach deal to remove Kurdish YPG from Syria border

The Russia-Turkey agreement struck in the Black Sea resort of Sochi endorses the return of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces to the border alongside Russian troops, replacing the Americans who had patrolled the region for years with their former Kurdish allies.

Islamic State reaps gains of US pullout from Syria

Analysts say that President Donald Trump’s pullout of American troops from northern Syria has handed the Islamic State its biggest win in more than four years.

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Ten days on the Turkish border with Syria

According to the Kurdish Red Crescent, 44 civilians were killed and 171 wounded since the attack began on Oct. 9. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human puts the death toll higher, saying 86 people have been killed, including 21 children.

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

At least seven civilians and three members of the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in the Turkish bombardment, Kurdish activists and a Syria war monitor said.


Refugee women find relief in Greece soccer

The United Nations Refugee Agency, known as the UNHCR, says there were 76,100 pending asylum claims in Greece at the end of 2018, in a report prepared for World Refugee Day on Thursday.

Battle for Islamic State's last enclave

With the militants besieged on three sides by the SDF and civilians continuing to leave the pocket, a military defeat of the IS fighters seemed inevitable, though it wasn't clear how many fighters remained in Baghouz

Trump move to pull US troops from Syria opens way to turmoil

Trump's declaration of victory was far from unanimous, and officials said U.S. defense and military leaders were trying to dissuade him from ordering the withdrawal right up until the last minute.

With little aid, Syria's Raqqa struggles to revive schools

More than a year since the United States and its allies defeated Islamic State at Raqqa, many of the city’s schools still look like battlefields with buildings left lying in rubble and playgrounds dotted with wrecked cars


Defining pictures of 2016: From Syria civil war to US elections, a glimpse into the year that was

From the migrant crisis to the civil war in Syria and the US elections, here is a collection of some of the best moments in 2016.

Syria: Leading Russian musicians hold concert in Palmyra's ruined theatre

Leading Russian musicians on May 5 staged a classical concert in the ancient theatre of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country.

Love in the time of war: Stunning wedding photography amid the Syrian ruins

Jafar Meray — a Syrian photographer who has photographed newlyweds in the backdrop of war-torn Syria's ruins — has created quite a buzz on social media.

Canada welcomes first batch of Syrian refugees at Toronto airport

Canada welcomed 163 Syrian refugees, taking in the first of a planned 25,000 in a matter of months and promising them a better life as they flee their country's horrific war.

Syria Videos

The doctor who became an enemy of the Syrian regime

Since the beginning of Syria’s civil war, the Bashar Al-Assad government has targeted and killed hundreds of medical workers. Many have fled. This is the story of one doctor, Mohammed al-Bardan, who did not.

Syria's Aleppo gets taste of peace but thirsts for water

Syria’s fragile ceasefire is little comfort for the residents of Aleppo, as sources of drinking water become increasingly scarce.


Syria: Female lion tamer fights militants on Aleppo's frontlines

Former lion tamer Rose, gave an interview in Aleppo, Monday, where she has taken up a position on the frontlines fighting with the Syrian Arab Army against militant extremists. The soldier left her post at the zoo when the conflict began to join the army. “I was very attached to the animals I raised, I […]

Questions over Syrian Kurds' links to Assad and Russia

There are growing concerns among some world powers over the links between Kurdish fighters, the Syrian government and Russia.

Syria's War: ISIL claims control of Khanasir

ISIL fighters in Syria say they’ve taken control of an area on a key supply route for government forces. Omar Al Saleh reports from the Turkish city of Gazientep, near the border with Syria.

Assad calls parliamentary elections in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called parliamentary elections to be held on April the 13th. The announcement came shortly after news of the ceasefire brokered by Washington and Moscow. The last parliamentary elections to be held in Syria were in 2012. It was the first poll in which multiple parties – and not just the […]


Hopes and fears for the Syria ceasefire

he US and Russia announce ceasefire in Syria Truce takes effect at midnight, 27 February Excludes action against ISIL, the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra front and other militants Critics say this loophole will allow attacks to continue The United Nations Monitoring the ceasefire in Syria could be a big challenge for the United Nations. However, officials admit […]

Turkey rules out unilateral ground intervention in Syria

Turkey is shelling Kurdish militia in Syria, but it has ruled out any unilateral ground intervention there. It comes as Russia asked the UN Security Council on Friday to call for Syria’s sovereignty to be respected – over concerns about a Turkish ground operation. “Turkey will not be going into Syria with the boots on […]

Syrian Kurdish party denies Ankara attack

A Syrian national with links to Syrian Kurdish militia carried out the suicide bombing in Ankara that targeted military personnel and killed at least 28 people, Turkey’s prime minister said Thursday. Turkey’s Kurdish rebels collaborated with the Syrian man to carry out Wednesday’s attack, Ahmet Davutoglu said during a news conference. “The attack was carried […]

Turkey ‘will boost military response’ after Ankara bombing

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq overnight, hours after a suicide car bomb attack targeting military buses killed 28 soldiers and civilians in the Turkish capital Ankara, security sources said on Thursday. A car laden with explosives detonated next to the military buses as they waited at traffic lights near Turkey’s armed […]